March 31st, 2008

Quick clicks to books @ your local libraries

I like free tools where I can instantly see how they make my life simpler. Here are a couple that quickly help you see if a book is available at your local library (adding on to the LibCat post) .

1.) Worldcat.org
Go to www.worldcat.org. Type in your title, author or keywords and click search. After you have selected the book you are interested in, use the “Libraries” tab to enter your zip code. You can they see the closest libraries to you that own that item. Bonus: Worldcat will give you an APA citation–just click “Cite this item”

Worldcat Libraries Tab
Tip: If it is an academic library–contact the library to double check their policies on unaffiliated users.

2.) Library Lookup
This bookmarklet feature created by Jon Udell allows you to one-click lookup of your local library from sites like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and more.

a.) First go to your local library’s catalog and determine which vendor the catalog is from. Usually just check the bottom of the catalog screen.

Catalog vendor

b.) Next, go to the Library Lookup Project. Search for your library under the appropriate vendor.

c.) Bookmark the URL from the list. If desired, add it to your bookmarks tool bar.

d.) Search Amazon, Barnes & Noble or other sites. When you find an item you are interested in, click the bookmark. A new window will open with the catalog record and you can see if it is available.

LibraryLookUp Example

-KateP

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